Friday, May 9, 2014

Bay Circuit Trail Hike - Map 10 Noon Hill Medfield to Rt 1 Walpole

Yay! I reached a milestone, sort of. I'm now onto the double-digit maps. Only four sections remain after I finish up with section 10. It feels like I'm taking baby steps on this quest to complete the BCT but I am making progress, albeit ever so slowly. The BCT was very well blazed on this 12 mile section and I never had any difficulties following the route. Another great hike with my daughter and not getting lost was a bonus!

 This wooden road along the power line was more difficult to walk on than you would think.

 Leaving the power line for a more conventional path.

 I can't begin to remember how many times the BCT has cut through an old stone wall.

 An example of the excellent blazing on the route. Thank you Town of Walpole and trail maintainers!

 Birthplace of Hannah Adams, daughter of Gov. Samuel Adams. I hear he makes a good beer.

More town bagging.

Entering the "old indian trail" section. The hardest two miles of the day were ahead.

Someone made a sweet campsite overlooking Mine Brook.

Two miles of ups and downs over steep-sided eskers make for slow going on the old indian trail.

 We abandoned our trusty walking sticks after leaving the old indian trail. Goodbye loyal friends!

I think I've converted my daughter. She's already asking "When are we hiking again?" 

 Cat tails on Clark Pond

 A pleasant waterfall cascading over a small dam.

 Spur trail to Duffy's Point over the bridge.

 Cushy trail.

Plum Island to Walpole - 163 miles!

More photos of the hike can be found HERE.

BCT Map 10: 12.2 miles
Surface split: 5.9m roads, 6.3m trails
Elevation gain: 551 feet
Highest point: 275 ft.
Start point: Rocky Narrows Reservation, Sherborn
End point: Route 1, Walpole
Other towns: None
Green Spaces: Mine Brook, Walpole Town Forest, Neponset River Conservation Area
Hydration: 32 oz water
Fuel: One Cilff Bar, PBJ sandwich
Footwear: Brooks Cascadia 5, Wright socks
Total BCT covered to date: 163 miles
Surface split: 95 trail and dirt road, 61 pavement, 7 paved rail trail
Total elevation gain: 6909+
Highest point: Nobscot Hill 602 ft
BCT remaining: 39m estimated

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